Every Amazing Thing Science Lovers Should Read, Follow and Listen To in 2018

Every Amazing Thing Science Lovers Should Read, Follow and Listen To in 2018

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Updated January 16, 2020 Updated January 16

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Fancy yourself a bit of a science nerd? Sprinkle some scientific literacy into your feed with our round-up of the very best the internet has to offer from the world of science.

Hidden Brain

Hidden Brain is a podcast which explores one of the most elusive aspects of human experience: the mind.  Blending science together with human stories, the host Shankar Vedantam, an American NPR journalist and science correspondent, dips into psychology, neuroscience and current affairs to explain why we act and feel the way we do.

Start with episode “Lost in Translation”, in which cognitive science professor Lera Boroditsky looks at the ways language shapes how we see the world. It’s utterly fascinating.

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Hashem Al-Ghaili’s Facebook page

Based in New York, the Yemeni molecular biologist Hashem Al-Ghaili uses the power of social media and video to educate the public about the wonders of the natural world. His Facebook page, Science Nature, has over 16 million followers and his videos have been viewed more than five billion times.

From a weirdly strong artificial muscle to a sundial that can display time digitally, Hashem Al-Ghaili’s posts tend to be positive and inspiring.

Follow @ScienceNaturePage on Facebook

The Naked Scientists

Hosted by researchers at the University of Cambridge, the BBC podcast The Naked Scientists is a one-hour podcast covering all the latest scientific breakthroughs, interesting topical science stories, interviews with leading researchers and also finding time to answer questions submitted by listeners.

From the science of laughter to why cats have vertical pupils, this award-winning podcast delves into the deepest confines of science and technology with a healthy dose of humor. A must-listen for the science-addict.

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The SETI Institute

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You probably can’t get any geekier than the SETI Institute, a research group dedicated to the search for extraterrestrial life. When they’re not monitoring electromagnetic radiation for signs of transmissions from other planets, they also publish fascinating daily posts and videos on social media about space and aliens. Give them a follow to inject a little nerd into your feed...

Follow @SETIInstitute on Twitter and Facebook

The Infinite Monkey Cage

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Photo of Brian Cox speaking at the Royal Institution taken by Paul Clarke, 2009

Hosted by physicist extraordinaire Brian Cox and the comedian Robin Ince, The Infinite Monkey Cage is a witty and irreverent podcast where each episode tackles a particular scientific theme. The two hosts are joined each time by a panel of experts and a comedian, and previous episodes have featured the likes of Tim Minchin, Sir Patrick Stewart, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Stephen Fry, with topics ranging from the science of sleep to what happened before the Big Bang.

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NASA Voyager’s Twitter account

 Since launching two robots into space 41 years ago, NASA’s Voyager program has completed its grand tour of the Solar System, made a few discoveries and… joined Twitter.

Expect throwback space pics, Star Trek references and tweets about the scientists who helped shape NASA Voyager history.

Follow @NASAVoyager on Twitter

ScienceAlert on Facebook

If you’re tired of seeing cliched motivational quotes and political rants on your Facebook feed, follow ScienceAlert for inspiring posts about scientific breakthroughs and the natural world, including throwback pics of famous scientists, cool natural phenomena, geeky science memes and comics. Prepare to be inspired.

Follow @sciencealert on Facebook

Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Twitter account

The world-renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson frequently uses Twitter to mercilessly troll football fans and flat-earthers, while dropping nuggets of scientific knowledge that are too much for us ordinary humans to handle.

In the man’s own words, follow him on Twitter if you “seek the hodgepodge brain droppings of an intellectually restless astrophysicist. You’ve been forewarned”.

Follow @neiltyson on Twitter

Symmetry Magazine

If you’re interested in particle physics (who isn’t?), Symmetry Magazine is a lovely, beautifully-designed website with all the latest news, explainers and interviews you need to get involved in the field. It’s run by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and receives funding from the US Department of Energy.

Sign up to Symmetry Magazine’s newsletter or follow them on Twitter and Facebook here

New Scientist’s Instagram account

This brilliant, geeky science magazine has a gorgeous Instagram account with interesting bite-sized videos, cartoons drawn by the likes of Tom Gauld, (the celebrated New Yorker cartoonist and author of Baking With Kafka), and stunning images published daily.

Follow @newscientist on Instagram

Take your love of science to the next level

One of the best universities in France, the elite university Ecole Polytechnique ranks among the top 59 universities in the world  in the QS World University Rankings® 2018.

An English-taught bachelor of science at Ecole Polytechnique would give the transferrable skills and analytical mind you need to enter into a wide range of careers.

The three-year course comprises of training in mathematics, computer science, physics and the opportunity to specialize in your second and third year in a field of your choice.

Contact Ecole Polytechnique here for more information about the bachelor of science, including curriculum, careers and admissions.

This article was originally published in April 2018 . It was last updated in January 2020